April 11-17, 2021 marks the annual Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C. Since 1995, one week in April has been dedicated to this cause to express commitment to prevent, reduce and raise awareness about violence against women in our communities.
This past year, in the context of COVID-19, has been particularly challenging for front-line support workers who provide victims and survivors with vital information, referrals, emotional support, safety planning, counselling, outreach and other services.
Sources Trauma Counselling Program has remained open throughout the pandemic to support individuals in need with telephone and videoconferencing counselling sessions. We also provide multiple locations for women who may need a confidential space for counselling services, and continue to maintain counsellor coverage five days per week (Monday-Friday) at Women’s Place for crisis situations (fleeing imminent interpersonal violence, safety and security of women and children).
Crisis calls to Sources Trauma Counselling Program have risen by 36% since last year.
By making a donation, you can help survivors of abuse and/or violence on their journey to wellness. Your gift will help individuals experiencing trauma to receive professional and compassionate counselling.
Media reports highlighted that the pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence in B.C. since last Spring. In response, our Trauma Counselling Program launched a mental wellness telephone line for survivors of violence to access free and confidential resources and referrals. Also, we received a number of cellphones equipped with a data plan to provide a digital lifeline for those experiencing domestic abuse to access phone or virtual counselling.
We will continue to innovate. Demand for mental health supports has risen sharply and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. While counselling can be covered by extended benefits, CVAP, ICBC and other specialized funding programs, many don’t have access to those financial supports. Through the generosity of community funders, we are able to offer no-cost counselling for those who cannot afford it, but those reserves are limited. Your donation can help someone in crisis to access professional and compassionate trauma counselling now.
One trauma counselling session with a Registered Clinical Counsellor costs $130. Our past clients breathe more deeply and are pleased to find that they have more control over their lives. Donate now to ensure there is always space and resources for people who have experienced trauma, abuse and/or violence.
Thank you for joining us in commemorating Prevention of Violence Against Women Week and for supporting mental wellness for our community.